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ROBBERS IN STOCKTON GOING AFTER COUGH SYRUP: STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton police say thieves are targeting pharmacies to get their hands on a codeine-based cough syrup used to make a potentially deadly party drink.

January 14, 2014 | | State


Prosecutors joining forces to eye Monster drinks’ advertising strategy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco city attorney and New York state attorney general have joined forces to investigate whether Monster Beverage Corp. is marketing its highly caffeinated drinks to children.

January 14, 2014 | | State


Chicken plant closes again after cockroach cleanup

LIVINGSTON (AP) - A California chicken farm that reopened over the weekend after it was shut because of a cockroach infestation says it's "voluntarily and temporarily" suspending operations again.

January 13, 2014 | | State


Bill seeks to regulate homemade guns

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state lawmaker proposed Monday that California extend its requirement that gun buyers undergo background checks and register their weapons to anyone who assembles a firearm in their home.

January 13, 2014 | | State


PG&E warns of scam via emails, call

PG&E has learned of an email and telephone scam targeting residents.

January 13, 2014 | | State


Judges will rule on delaying inmate cap

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration and attorneys representing inmates have failed to reach agreement on the best way to reduce overcrowding in California prisons, a panel of federal judges said Monday, leaving it the court to decide whether to grant the state more time.

January 13, 2014 | | State


Arson fires put San Jose neighborhood on alert

SAN JOSE . (AP) - San Jose residents remained on high alert Monday as authorities search for a serial arsonist they believe is responsible for nearly a dozen fires in the city within a week.

January 13, 2014 | | State


Addiction counselor's DUI murder case begins

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An alcohol counselor driving drunk at night struck a pedestrian and continued on for another 2 miles while the man was lodged in her windshield, a prosecutor said in an opening statement Monday.

January 13, 2014 | | State


'Octomom' charged with welfare fraud

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Octomom Nadya Suleman did porn films, boxed D-list celebrities, even endorsed birth control for dogs after giving birth in 2009 to eight babies after she received in vitro fertility treatments.

January 13, 2014 | | State


News from around the Bay Area

OAKLAND SETTLES WITH SUSPECT WOUNDED BY OFFICER: OAKLAND (AP) - A man who was shot by Oakland police after authorities say he robbed another man at gunpoint is set to receive a $125,000 settlement from the city.

January 13, 2014 | | State


DUI suspect flees in patrol car

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police have arrested a man who took off in a police cruiser after being stopped for possibly driving drunk.

January 13, 2014 | | State


Analyst : California budget plan 'prudent'

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is on the right track with his 2014-15 budget proposal by recommending that California devote billions of dollars in new revenue to start paying down its massive debts, the Legislative Analyst's Office said Monday.

January 13, 2014 | | State


Bear turns heads on Lake Tahoe ski slopes

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - An unusual sight for winter turned some skiers' heads on the slopes at Lake Tahoe: a black bear.

January 13, 2014 | | State


Suit: Fireworks violate Clean Water Act

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - A federal lawsuit accusing the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority of polluting the alpine lake with debris from Fourth of July and Labor Day fireworks says the tourism agency and its contractor should be subject to up to $75 million in fines.

January 12, 2014 | | State


High fire, wind warnings in Southern Cal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fire and weather officials are urging Southern Californians to heed high fire and wind warnings over the next three days after a third year of especially dry conditions.

January 12, 2014 | | State


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Rim Fire supports need for controlled burns

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A fierce wildfire that scorched part of Yosemite National Park burned less intensely in places that had fires in recent years - a finding that researchers said Wednesday supports a belief that controlled burning often curtails extreme fires.

December 17, 2014 | | State


PG&E email alleges offer by regulator

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In a newly released email, a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. executive says a state official offered to write the utility a favorable opinion for a proposed gas rate hike.

December 16, 2014 | | State


Rain could spell trouble for water conservation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After California's driest three years on record, there have been few sounds as disturbing to water conservationists as the whisk-whisk-whisk of automatic lawn sprinklers kicking on directly behind TV reporters covering some of the state's first heavy downpours in years.

December 16, 2014 | | State


Soggy California gets wind, rain from new storm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Another storm moved into water-logged California on Tuesday with the potential to create more flooding and trigger mudslides.

December 16, 2014 | | State


Bill Cosby won’t be charged

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles prosecutors on Tuesday declined to file any charges against Bill Cosby after a woman recently claimed the comedian molested her around 1974.

December 16, 2014 | | State


LA mayor plans 7,000 police body cameras

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday a plan to equip 7,000 officers on the Los Angeles police force with on-body cameras by next summer, making the law enforcement agency the nation's largest to make the move to date.

December 16, 2014 | | State


State retiree health care gap hits $72B

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unfunded obligation to pay for the health and dental care of retired state government workers grew by 11 percent during the most recent fiscal year to nearly $72 billion, according to a report released Tuesday by the state controller's office.

December 16, 2014 | | State


Federal ruling a win for bullet train

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal agency that has jurisdiction over California's bullet train has ruled that it has the authority to pre-empt state environmental law, creating uncertainty for numerous groups fighting the project in court.

December 15, 2014 | | State


Undersea border dispute settled

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court waded into the Pacific Ocean to settle a long-running dispute Monday over where California ends and federal offshore lands begin.

December 15, 2014 | | State


Officer on leave after threatening tweets

SAN JOSE (AP) - A Northern California police department put one of its officers on leave Monday and is investigating threatening comments from his Twitter account about demonstrators who have participated in protests over the recent deaths of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri and New York.

December 15, 2014 | | State


River diverted near Carmel to allow for dam removal

CARMEL VALLEY (AP) - The largest dam removal project in California history hit an important milestone last week with the successful diversion of the Carmel River into a man-made river bed, an engineering feat that experts said was the first of its kind.

December 15, 2014 | | State


California gets funds for earthquake warning system

PASADENA (AP) - California has received a spurt of federal funding to expand an earthquake warning system intended to provide enough time for trains to brake, utilities and factories to shut off gas lines, and people to dive under a table until the shaking stops.

December 15, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• CITY ASKS PG&E TO RELEASE EMAILS: SAN BRUNO (AP) - A Northern California city is asking the state to force Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to release tens of thousands of emails between the state's largest utility and state regulators.

December 15, 2014 | | State


Protesters block roads by Oakland police building

OAKLAND (AP) - Demonstrators blocked streets around Oakland police headquarters and chained shut four of the building's doors Monday to protest recent grand jury decisions not to indict white officers who killed unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York.

December 15, 2014 | | State


Atari’s ‘E.T.’ game joins Smithsonian collection

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - One of the "E.T." Atari game cartridges unearthed this year from a heap of garbage buried deep in the New Mexico desert has been added to the video game history collection at the Smithsonian.

December 15, 2014 | | State


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